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Albert Sobey

engineer , educator.

Albert Sobey, American engineer, educator. Recipient Silver Beaver award. Boy Scouts of America, 1947.


Sobey, Albert was born on August 5, 1885 in Hancock, Michigan, United States. Son of William John and Lylie (Clymo) Sobey.


Trade apprenticeship, 1900-1904. Bachelor of Science, Michigan State College, 1909, Mechanical Engineering, 1930. Graduate study, University of Chicago, summers 1913-1916.


1 son, Albert James. Engineer Michigan Power Company, Lansing, 1909-1910. Engineer in charge Chicago office W.H. Zimmerman Company, consultant engrs., 1910-1912. Instructor physics, mathematics and electrical engineering, Michigan College of Mines, Houghton, Michigan, 1912-1918.

Educational director Indiana Mutual Association (initiated educational and training program for industries, Flint, Michigan 1919), 1919-1950. Director Flint Institute of Technology: president, director, regent General Motors Institute, president emeritus and consultant since 1950.


  • Author: (with Carl Kinsley) Radio Direction Changes, 1918-1919.


Member of commission on Motion Pictures in Adult Education since 1946. Member of national commission on volunteer training, Boy Scouts of America since 1943. Served as captain and major South Carolina., United States Army as assistant chief and chief, radio intelligence section, Military Intelligence Division, 1918-1919.

Member consultative committee War Manpower Commision on Engineers and Engineering Students. 1941-1945; member advising committee Vocational Training for National Defense. 1940-1945.; Member national committee on industrial fatigue, National Research Council.

1944.; Member American Management Association. American Society for Engineering Education, Michigan Industrial Training Council (honorary life. Mason.; Club: Rotary.

Director editor General Motors Executive Training Series since 1927, series include: Department Management, 1927, Factory Organization, 1928, Economics of Industry, 1929, Outlines of Industrial Development, 1929, Advanced G.M. Executive Training Texts.


Married Bess B. Penoyar, August 16, 1923.

William John Sobey

Lylie (Clymo) Sobey

Bess B. Penoyar